Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage or about 1 million extra tons per week!
– Stanford University
How can you help lower that number?
- Use real dishes for dinner (even at the kid’s table!). If you need to use paper, buy products made from recycled material
- Use cloth napkins—it’s the gift that keeps giving because you won’t need to buy them for your next holiday dinner!
- Get an accurate headcount before grocery shopping so you only buy what you need, cutting down on food waste
- Speaking of Food waste – always end up with a mountain of leftovers? Tell guests to BYOC (Bring Your Own Container) and take some home with them Straws are a hot button item, but some people can’t live without them. If paper straws aren’t your thing, buy compostable straws or straws made from straw (check out: haystraws.com)
- Keep clean towels by your sinks to avoid breaking out the paper towels
- Place a recycling bin next to your trash cans to make it easy for your guests to recycle
- Everyone in your family drink seltzer or soda? Pick up a SodaStream to use less plastic bottles and cans
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